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FIFA extends global ban on 2 players for fixing

March 17, 2014

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has imposed worldwide lifetime bans on two English players convicted of match-fixing in Australia.

Defender Reiss Noel and goalkeeper Joe Woolley received initial bans from the Australian football association in September and those sanctions were extended worldwide by FIFA on Oct. 30.

Both players have since been convicted of criminal offenses after admitting they helped fix matches while playing for the Southern Stars in the semi-professional Victorian Premier League.

The Australian federation handed them both lifetime bans from “any football-related activity.”

FIFA says its disciplinary commission has extended the sanctions to have worldwide effect.

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